Wednesday, August 16, 2006

78. "Other Voices, Other Rooms" ~ Truman Capote


It has been a year of new fascinations. Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, jewelry as art. Thanks to the reader that insisted that I needed to read this book to truly enjoy Capote.

Joel Knox, thirteen going on thirty, learns that his long-forgotten father wants to meet him. He arrives at Scully's Landing via a mule and a man named Jesus Fever and is barred from seeing his father by a histrionic stepmother, Miss Amy. Saved by the twisted love of a black housekeeper, Missouri Fever, and the admiration of twin girls around the swamp, Joel doesn't immediately want to flee this strange world. And neither does the reader.

Opulent and flushed with excess in life, Capote brings that depth to the descriptions. Each line is thick with detail. There are no simple trees or birds, but dogwood and blue jays. This commitment to elevating the experience is pure Southern syrup.

I've yet to find a crazier cast of characters, and I am a huge Carl Hiaasen fan. Tip of the hat.

4.5 out of 5.0 Purple Jesuses.

1 comment:

rohit said...

An enjoyable read Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote . loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by "to read" list.